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TRAINING : Five women for Barefoot College in India

Second batch of trainees undergo training in solar electric engineering The strengthened partnership between Fiji’s Ministry of Women and the Barefoot College in India has opened new training opportunities for
18 Mar 2016 09:40
TRAINING : Five women for Barefoot College in India
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Second batch of trainees undergo training in solar electric engineering

The strengthened partnership between Fiji’s Ministry of Women and the Barefoot College in India has opened new training opportunities for five women from Nadogo in the Macuata province.

The five women left for India last Sunday after being farewelled by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.

Aged between 38 to 50 years, they were selected by the founder of Barefoot College in India, Bunker Roy, during his official visit to Fiji last month.

They will undergo six months training at the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan India from March 16 to September 16, 2016.  They have been selected from these rural communities that are without electricity; Nabutubutu, Nubu, Wainidrua, Kavewa and Navukebuli villages.

“These women will be away for six months in India, where they will be undergoing Solar Engineering Training and on their return they will solar-electrify their own villages. They will also be the trainers at the Regional Barefoot Vocational Training Centre which is to be established in Wainikoro, Nadogo in Macuata by 2017,” Ms Akbar said.

“This project is also a way for the ministry to promote women into those employment sectors that once used to be male- dominated. We are grateful to the founder of the Barefoot College, Bunker Roy, for his continued support and partnership of the Indian Government to provide increased training opportunities for women in Fiji.”

Team leader Mere Rakaukau of Nubu Village in Nadogo, Macuata, said this was a golden opportunity for the women to develop their skills.

“I am very happy to be selected for this training; it will enable me to broaden my knowledge and as a solar engineer, I would be able to solar-electrify my village and also get a formal recognition for my skills.

“We thank the Government for having faith in our talents, for providing us rural women.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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